Guardiola, furious with City: “I don't recognize my team, we lack passion”

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Guardiola, furious with City: "I don't recognize my team, we lack passion"

Pep Guardiola blew fire from his mouth. His team, Manchester City, had just come back from a delicate game with Tottenham (4-2) beating the two goals from the London team. But he was furious. Furious with everyone. “Either we change or we don't win anything in any competition. You must have passion, fire… You need passion like Julián Álvarez, Lewis, Ake…”, he stated,

He was furious with the fans (“I want them to come back, I only heard the Tottenham fans in the first half, I want a reaction from the whole club,” he said), with his players (“we are not the team that We were, we are very far away! I don't recognize it, we lack fire and passion”, he denounced) and with everything that surrounds City right now, located eight points behind Arsenal, the leader of the Premier. “We are a team of happy flowers, all nice and good… I don't want to be happy flowers. I want to beat Arsenal. If we play like this, Arsenal will destroy us,” he warned.

City is going through one of the most delicate moments of the season. The defeat at Old Trafford (2-1) against United came quickly. shrouded in controversy. And the disastrous first half against Tottenham (0-2) plunged him into the abyss, victim of his defensive errors as demonstrated by the goals from Kulusevski (m. 44) and Emerson (m. 45 +2) just before reaching the break. Not even the subsequent reaction (four goals in the second half) calmed the game. to Guardiola, enraged as he was with everyone. 

Guardiola, furious with City: "I don't recognize my team, we lack passion"

Guardiola, in a gesture of concern before Grealish during the Manchester City-Tottenham match at the Etihad Stadium.

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“We are a team of happy flowers. I don't want to be happy flowers. I want to beat Arsenal. If we play like this, Arsenal will destroy us”

Pep Guardiola, City manager

“We are far from the team we were, not in terms of play, but in terms of competitiveness. In that aspect we are very far " The Manchester City coach was annoyed, lamenting that his players do not have “the passion or the fire” necessary to avoid making so many mistakes.

Full belly

“We were lucky, but if we don't change, we're going to lose points. We lack passion, we win from minute one. It's the same for our fans. They were so silent for 45 minutes,” complained Mr. Guardiola, hurt because his Manchester City conveys the feeling that he has a full belly. Too full. And not even the arrival of Erling Haaland, the most sought-after striker on the market along with Mbappé, has awakened his appetite. 

Such “Sometime we feel so comfortable winning four Premiers in five years…”, admitted the City coach, recalling that Arteta's Arsenal is in an extraordinary moment. “The Premier does not wait. Arsenal have fire. They haven't won the Premier for two decades and they want it now. That is the reality, “Guardiola underlined, reiterating his discomfort because” here it is. everything is very comfortable for us, but the rivals are not going to wait for us”.

The Manchester City coach had an impact on the same line of argument to try to recover the ground lost against Arsenal. “In life and in everything we must have fire inside. I don't recognize my team because my team always has passion, desire, drive and everything”, stressed Guardiola, indicating that “without changes we are not going to win anything. I want a reaction now!”.